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Get Geared Up for the Big One!

Part of the excitement of a fly-in fishing adventure in Canada begins before you even take off. As you start to pack your gear, you can almost smell the fresh Canadian air and hear the thunderous splash of water as you imagine reeling in your monster trophy pike! Soon those unsurpassed visions will be right at your fingertips. In the meantime, check out some of the recommendations below, put together by a few of our guides who have first-hand experience fishing the lakes and rivers exclusive to Misaw Lake Lodge.


Recommended Equipment & Tackle

For those who plan to bring their own fishing equipment to Misaw Lake Lodge, we’ve put together a list of recommended equipment to ensure success for the three main species we offer: northern pike, lake trout and Arctic grayling. Please do not hesitate to call us if you have any questions. Also, we will have equipment and tackle available for you to use. See the details at the bottom of this page.



  • Medium/Heavy to Heavy bait casting or spinning rod, 6 to 7 feet long with long handles.

  • Matching reels with strong drag system.

  • Ultralight spinning rod and reel (for grayling)


  • Johnson Silver Minnow (gold, silver, five of diamonds) tipped with white Berkley power grubs or your favorite trailers

  • Len Thompson spoons #2 and #4 five of diamonds pattern

  • Red Eye Wiggler (gold, silver)

  • Little Cleo (silver, gold, blue, chartreuse)

  • Mepps Cyclops #2 and #3

  • Doctor Spoon (gold, silver, 5 of diamonds)

  • Krocodile Spoon

  • Very small spoons for grayling (5 of diamonds, Red Eye, etc.)


  • Minimum 17 lb test monofilament line or 20 lb braid

  • 8 – 10 lb monofilament (for grayling)


  • Tandem bucktail spinners, such as the Northland Bionic Bucktails (use musky size in the summer months)

  • Big bucktails spinners such as the Mepps Musky Killer

  • Blue Fox Vibrax #5 and #6 in gold and silver

  • #0 & #1 spinners such as Mepps or Vibrax for grayling



  • 9" to 24", 30 to 50 lb test wire or titanium leaders

  • Or 80-100 lb fluorocarbon pike and musky leaders


  • Sluggos 6” and 9” in white

  • Banjo Minnows (work great in the spring)

  • Suicks 6” to 9” weighted (sucker, red & white, black, perch)

  • Bulldogs 6” (white, silver spec. black & white, black & green, black & orange)

  • Pigs & Pig jr. (perch, sucker, shiner)

  • Squirrelly Burts 9”

  • Rapala Super Shad Rap

  • Mann's 1-Minus and 1-Minus Super Stretch in chartreuse and fire tiger

Fishing Regulations

Recognizing the importance of maintaining the large fish populations at Misaw, we adhere to a strict catch and release policy, ensuring an outstanding fishing experience for guests from around the globe for years to come. We require that all northern pike and lake trout over 26 inches be released; ALL Arctic grayling must be released. Some northern pike and lake trout of eating size (26 inches and under) may be kept for shore lunch.


Misaw Lake Lodge requires barbless hooks to be used for all fishing. This ensures a quick release without damaging the vital gills, etc. Please refrain from vertical holds for photos or measurements, also helping to ensure the release of a healthy fish. These policies have been adhered to at Misaw Lake Lodge for over the last 20 years and are the reason these fish will continue to flourish and grow for future generations.


Fishing Equipment

Many guests like the convenience of using our fishing equipment during their stay. We offer top-of-the-line rods reels and tackle for guest that elect to not bring their own. All you need to do is let us know prior to your trip and we’ll ensure your rods and reels are set up and a tackle box is ready to go. Please note there will be a fee charged for all damaged equipment due to neglect and/or unreturned equipment.

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